Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I love you...

When my nephew was born I got him the book... Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. It was/is a really cute story of a mother hare and her baby talking about how much they love one another.

Since giving this book to my nephew 12+ years ago, it has become some what of a family tradition. Every child in our family since then now has the book too! I used to read it to Trevor quite a bit before he started wanting to read books with a little more story line to them... but we still enjoy it every now and then.

One thing from the book that has always stuck is a line from the book...

"I love you right up to the MOON," he said, and closed his eyes.

"Oh, that's far," said Big Nutbrown Hare. "That is very, very far."

Big Nutbrown Hare settled Little Nutbrown Hare into his bed of leaves. He leaned over and kissed him good night.

Then he lay down close by and whispered with a smile, "I love you right up to the moon - AND BACK."

(if you click on the title of the book, it will take you to a link, where you can read the story for yourself)
This one line is something I have always said to my kids... I love you to the moon and back... Trevor and I always say it to one another and we even have our own "sign language" for it too. When he gets on the bus in the morning I "sign" to him that I love him to the moon and back, and he smiles and waves to me from the bus window.
We also tell the girls that we love them to the moon and back. They have told us for a while now that they love us to the moon! They say it very excited too! And, sometimes they even point up to the sky/ceiling. :)
The other day Lauren told me...
"Mommy, I love you to the back of the moon!" :)
How sweet. Brooke is now saying the same thing. I love it.
When I told my mom she said well that is further than just to the moon. :)
Moments like these just make it so amazing to be a mom.

11 comments:

LaskiGal said...

Oh! How perfectly sweet!!! What a wonderful moment.

When I first read it to J (he tried to eat it, but that is what he does for now), I started whimpering. Hubby laughed at me. But, I imagined the day he would say "I love you," and that was all it took. Gosh, what an emotional mess this mothering thing makes ya!

Pregnantly Plump said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! We are huge fans of this book as well. Little Elvis has a nightly book rotation, but this one gets read more often than his others. I love that you have a sign about love with your son. What a great idea.

Stephanie said...

My mom bought the book for Lilly when she was a baby and she signs all of her cards to Lilly with that line. Lilly used to spread her arms wide and say I love you this much! Aidan and Sophia did it/do it too. But she bought them each a different book with a different line that she signs their cards with.

Your story is very cute, makes me sad Lilly has grown up so much.

jenn said...

That is so sweet!!!!

HRH said...

Ahhhh so so sweet. I love that book. I have the bunny with his arms stretched out painted on our playroom wall. It is like getting a hug when you see him.

Sandy C. said...

So incredibly sweet :) My heart just melts reading about it! I can only imagine how you must feel hearing it in person :) Those are truly the moments that make motherhood so sweet.

Crystal said...

LOL! I have something like this that I do with Sam and WIll! We always say "alligator food" to each other, especially if the kids friends are around and they don't want to come out and say "I love you." Go to any mirror in your house and without saying it aloud, mouth the word "alligator food" in the mirror and it LOOKS like your really saying "I love you!" The kids LOVE IT! Saves them from getting embarassed AND they tell me how they feel, all in the same moment! Glad you can share those moments too!!!!!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love that book, too.

Another favorite is "More, More, More Said The Baby."

just jamie said...

We use that exact line, too. Love it, love it.

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Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Three generations from now the kids in your family will be saying the same thing--I love those inside family sayings. I've always loved that book.

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